Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
TV Casting Directors React to Deadline's "Ethnic Castings" Article (A Fad That Will Eventually Pass?) TV Casting Directors React to Deadline's "Ethnic Castings" Article (A Fad That Will Eventually Pass?) For White TV Writers Who Have Considered Racism When *Ethnic* Diversity Is Too Much For White TV Writers Who Have Considered Racism When *Ethnic* Diversity Is Too Much 'Key & Peele' "Substitute Teacher" Sketch to be Developed as a Feature Film 'Key & Peele' "Substitute Teacher" Sketch to be Developed as a Feature Film New Documentary Will Trace History of "Black Dandyism" (Trailer) New Documentary Will Trace History of "Black Dandyism" (Trailer) Best Performances By Black Actors/Actresses Ever? (Survey) Best Performances By Black Actors/Actresses Ever? (Survey) Tyler Perry Studios Forms Film, TV & Infrastructure Alliance w/ 4 Other Major Atlanta Studios Tyler Perry Studios Forms Film, TV & Infrastructure Alliance w/ 4 Other Major Atlanta Studios Watch: Kenyan Filmmaker Ng'endo Mukii Tackles 'Globalized' Beauty & African Self-Image in Award-Winning Short Film 'Yellow Fever' Watch: Kenyan Filmmaker Ng'endo Mukii Tackles 'Globalized' Beauty & African Self-Image in Award-Winning Short Film 'Yellow Fever' HBO Orders Steve McQueen's 'Codes of Conduct' to 6-Episode Limited Series HBO Orders Steve McQueen's 'Codes of Conduct' to 6-Episode Limited Series Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Rob Hardy Launches Rainforest Entertainment + Taps Mitzi Miller for Head of Development at New Company Rob Hardy Launches Rainforest Entertainment + Taps Mitzi Miller for Head of Development at New Company Alfre Woodard and Gbenga Akinnagbe are a Dysfunctional Mother-Son Pair in Trailer for 'Knucklehead' Alfre Woodard and Gbenga Akinnagbe are a Dysfunctional Mother-Son Pair in Trailer for 'Knucklehead' Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer 'Single Ladies' Returns Tonight to a Rebranded Centric - "The First Network Designed for Black Women" 'Single Ladies' Returns Tonight to a Rebranded Centric - "The First Network Designed for Black Women" What to Expect in Season 2 of 'Empire' (Less Opulence; Spike Lee May Direct, Oprah May Guest-Star, More) What to Expect in Season 2 of 'Empire' (Less Opulence; Spike Lee May Direct, Oprah May Guest-Star, More) 73 New TV Pilots & Series with Black Actors in Starring and/or Supporting Roles Ordered for Next Season. Here's the Full List 73 New TV Pilots & Series with Black Actors in Starring and/or Supporting Roles Ordered for Next Season. Here's the Full List HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

African American Film Critics Association & PAFF Awards Highlights

Shadow and Act By Jai Tiggett | Shadow and Act February 9, 2013 at 6:27PM

Last night was the Night of Tribute at the Pan African Film Fest, where the festival teamed up with the African American Film Critics Association to present a star-studded awards ceremony for both organizations at the Tayglan Complex in Hollywood.
1
2013 AAFCA Honorees
Photo: Miles Maker 2013 AAFCA Honorees

Last night was the Night of Tribute at the Pan African Film Fest, where the festival teamed up with the African American Film Critics Association to present a star-studded awards ceremony for both organizations at the Tayglan Complex in Hollywood.

Actress Salli Richardson Whitfield and PAFF founder Ayuko Babu presented awards to honorees including "Father of West Indian Cinema" Christian Lara (Pioneer Filmmaker Award), actress Nicole Beharie (Beah Richards Rising Star Award), Ambassador Filippe Savadogo (Visionary Award), and actor Omari Hardwick (Canada Lee Rising Star Award).

Accepting the Beah Richards Award, Nicole Beharie reflected on being deeply affected 10 years prior watching Lisa Gay Hamilton's Beah Richards documentary Beah: A Black Woman Speaks.

Concluding the ceremony, veteran actress Lynn Whitfield was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Accepting her award staff from PAFF co-founder Janet DuBois, Whitfield shared, "I will work hard every day in every way to continue to bring the truth in an entertaining package. All these years have been like a gumbo - you put all the ingredients in the pot, cover it up, turn the fire down, and let it simmer. So what I'm saying is, I'm not done yet."

Salli Richardson-Whitfield, 
Lynn Whitfield
Photo: Miles Maker Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Lynn Whitfield

For AAFCA, the big winner of the night was Ava DuVernay's Middle of Nowhere, which received awards for Best Actress (Emayatzy Corninealdi), Best Screenplay, Best Music (Kathryn Bostic), and Best Independent Film.

Due to the northeast blizzard DuVernay was unable to make it to the ceremony and actor David Oyelowo accepted on her behalf. Referencing the film's indie budget, Oyelowo explained, "If you want to make a film for $200,000, write characters that aren't caricatures or stereotypes, and we will be there. We will take $100 a day."

An overall theme of the night was the push for more compelling black stories - to make and distribute them by any means necessary. Receiving his award for Best Supporting Actor, actor/activist Nate Parker urged the audience, "We have to push harder and push further. We have to continue to support platforms that recognize us. I encourage you all to write, to read, to study. Because if we don't tell our stories, someone else will."

"I pray for more opportunities to continue to make you proud,"
 - Emayatzy Corinealdi at 2013 AAFCA Awards
Photo: Miles Maker "I pray for more opportunities to continue to make you proud," - Emayatzy Corinealdi at 2013 AAFCA Awards

Find the full list of AAFCA Award winners below:

AAFCA Top Ten Films of the Year:

1.“Zero Dark Thirty”
2.“Argo”  
3.“Lincoln”
4.“Middle of Nowhere”
5.“Life of Pi”
6.“Les Miserables”
7. “Django Unchained”
8.“Beast of the Southern Wild”
9.“Moonrise Kingdom”
10.“Think Like a Man”

AAFCA Award Winners:
Best Actor                      Denzel Washington, “Flight” (Paramount)  
Best Actress                  Emayatzy Corinealdi, “Middle of Nowhere” (AFFRM)  
Best Supporting Actress Sally Field, “Lincoln” (Touchstone)
Best Supporting Actor    Nate Parker, “Arbitrage” (Roadside Attractions)
Best Foreign Film           Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, “The Intouchables” (Weinstein Company)  
Breakout Performance     Quvenzhané Wallis for “Beast of the Southern Wild”
(Fox Searchlight)
Best Director                   Ben Affleck, “Argo” (Warner)
Best Screenplay             Ava DuVernay, “Middle of Nowhere”(AFFRM)
Best Music                    Kathryn Bostic & Morgan Rhodes, “Middle of Nowhere” (AFFRM)
Best Independent Film  “Middle of Nowhere” (AFFRM)  
Best Animation             “Rise of the Guardians,” (Paramount)
Best Documentary    tie   “The House I Live In” (Charlotte Street Films) &
“Versailles ’73” (Coffee Bluff Pictures) 


Shadow & ActNewsletter